Aerospace and Mission Critical Applications Committee

Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology has long been used in Aerospace and other Mission Critical applications for a variety of reasons. These types of applications tend to have unique technical requirements that commercial standard semiconductor products are not designed to address. Examples may include wider operating temperature ranges, ruggedized packaging, tolerance to varying levels of radiation, qualification levels, manufacturing location, traceability, trust and assurance across the manufacturing supply chain, configuration memory types, reconfiguration times, longevity of supply.

Aerospace and Mission Critical applications typically account for close to 10% of the revenue of the FPGA market, yet it is noticeably smaller than that for the overall semiconductor demand. As such, this niche of the FPGA market tends to be underrepresented in terms of purposeful research and development performed by FPGA companies.

Structure

The Charter of the Aerospace and Mission Critical (AMC) Committee of the Open-Source FPGA Foundation (OSFPGA) is to provide an inclusive platform to align and promote the private and public sector research in FPGA technology so that it can reach the full potential for Aerospace and Mission Critical applications.

The AMC Committee will have [four] Working Groups (WG).

  • Modular Technology Access: [e.g. process technology, cell libraries, MPW programs, advanced packaging, open standards, hardware/software abstraction]
  • Assurance: [e.g. having quantifiable data that your design is exactly what you think it is; no more and no less, security of a user’s design and bitstream through the development process all the way through field updates, and longevity of supply for both devices and software for decades into the future.]
  • Hostile Operating Environments: [e.g. temperature, shock, radiation, fault tolerance, and other environmental extremes]
  • Workforce Development: [e.g. collaboration with private and public sector to ensure we are educating and inspiring the next generation of FPGA engineers – from designer of FPGAs to users of them – for Aerospace and Mission Critical applications]

Roles and Responsibilities

The AMC Committee will be responsible for overall governance, direction, and support of the AMC Working Groups, which may include:

  • Proposing and organizing Working Groups in alignment with the AMC charter and roadmap;
  • Approving AMC Working Group Project proposals;
  • Establishing Committee norms, workflows, issuing releases, and security issue reporting policies

Members of the AMC are expected to achieve the mission of the OSFPGA Foundation while upholding the Foundation values. As such, the AMC will:

  • Be open in membership and researchers, developers from all segments (companies, universities, research institutes, etc) are all welcome and encouraged to join from all countries of the world.
  • Use standard operating principles of OSFPGA in its governance, election of officers and day to day operations.
  • Be open source (including its working group work) and will be published on OSFPGA, GitHub and other repositories (as appropriate) to make it available for the broader ecosystem.

Term and Election Process

In this section “Candidates” refer to people who want to be considered for a position. “Nominees” are sent to the Aerospace and Mission Critical Applications Committee for approval.
Existing Chairs and Vice Chairs may be candidates. Chairs must be non-individual members (Premier, Corporate). Vice Chairs can be individual members.
The election cycle is as follows:

  • Request for candidates by <date>
  • Candidates identified by <date + 14 days>
  • Nominees voted on at the next Aerospace and Mission Critical Applications Committee meeting

Who can vote

Any member of the Aerospace and Mission Critical Applications Committee can vote.